Double yellow lines and a crossing point will be added near a junior school in Aldershot following years of planning
New double yellow lines and a crossing point have been announced after six years of planning to help keep children at an Aldershot primary school ‘secure and safe’.
A pedestrian crossing point will be installed outside the entrance to St Michael’s CofE Junior School during October half term and waiting restrictions either side of the school’s entrance are likely to follow once public feedback has been considered.
The changes, being implemented on behalf of Hampshire County Council, are the product of six years of talks between the school’s governors and Rushmoor Borough Council and come in response to concerns surrounding the number of cars that park on the road at drop-off and pick-up times.
Chairman of St Michael’s’ governors, Reverend Tom Moore, said it was hoped the new restrictions would improve visibility for children and for the lollipop man based outside the school entrance.
Rev Moore said: “It is designed to keep pupils as secure and safe as possible as they come to or leave school.”
The waiting restrictions in Church Lane East will run for nearly 200 metres on both sides of the road between Avondale Road and Elm Place. The news has been welcomed by the road’s residents, many of whom have become tired of the congestion outside their homes that has returned since children started the new academic year.
Although the waiting restrictions do allow cars to stop to let passengers in or out, it is hoped that they will put an end to the daily scenes which involve some parents parking on kerbs for up to half an hour before the end of the school day.
Residents described pulling out of their driveways onto the road during busy times as ‘taking your life into your hands’ due to the large number of parked cars restricting their view.
One resident, who asked not to be named, said: “If I have to leave the house any time after 2.30pm, I’m pulling out blind.
“Cars are on both sides of the road mounting the kerbs. There have almost been one or two accidents in the past.”
Some residents were unsure how the restrictions would be policed.
Similar concerns over parking have been raised by those living in roads surrounding Park Primary School, and the school is on a list for future investigation by Hampshire County Council.
Headteacher Kate Steven, however, said no one had contacted the school to make a complaint.
“We advise parents where to park and another reminder is going in our newsletter,” she said.
“We don’t have a lot of children that come to school by car as more than three quarters walk.
“Most schools don’t provide parking for parents as most simply can’t. We ask them to be considerate to the neighbours.”
A borough council spokesman said that parking restrictions were also due to be added outside Guillemont Junior School in Farnborough.
Police Sergeant Debbie Barnes, of Hampshire Constabulary, reminded parents in all areas to be considerate.
“We know that parking is a concern to many residents who live near to schools in the area, whether this be driveways being blocked or a car causing traffic disruption or a potential hazard due to being left on zigzag lines,” she said.
“We work closely with Rushmoor Borough Council and local schools to try and resolve the matter.
“Often problems can be alleviated through awareness and education and we therefore also attend schools when possible to educate parents about parking.”